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During the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, Joshua Tree National Park will be piloting a free shuttle service, the RoadRunner Shuttle bus. This service runs throughout the day throughout the northern section of the park. During the two year trial period, all entrance fees are waived for park entrance for shuttle riders. This means that shuttle riders can get into the park for free!
 

Shuttle Bus Map

Buses enter the park from the town of Twentynine Palms. In Twentynine Palms, the bus stops at the Transit Center and Oasis Visitor Center before making a loop through the northern section of the park.
 
Rounded oval shape showing the bus route throughout the park.
Route map for the RoadRunner shuttle buses.
 

Where to Start Your Trip and Park Your Car

In Twentynine Palms

Bus stops
  • Twentynine Palms Transit Center
  • Oasis Visitor Center
Parking
Parking is available near the Twentynine Palms Transit Center. All-day street parking is available near the Oasis Visitor Center stop.
 

November–February

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, plus
  • Monday, November 12
  • Thanksgiving, November 22
  • December 21–January 6
  • Monday, January 21
  • Monday, February 18
The following times are approximate. Buses may be delayed by traffic.

Westbound

Transit Center Oasis Visitor Center Jumbo Rocks Ryan Mountain Hall of Horrors Cap Rock Barker Dam Intersection Rock Hidden Valley Hemingway Quail Springs Picnic Area
8 am 8:04 8:25 8:34 8:36 8:41 8:50 8:56 8:58 9:03 9:07
9 am 9:04 9:25 9:34 9:36 9:41 9:50 9:56 9:58 10:03 10:07
- - 9:55 10:04 10:06 10:11 10:20 10:26 10:28 10:33 10:37
10 am 10:04 10:25 10:34 10:36 10:41 10:50 10:56 10:58 11:03 11:07
- - 10:55 11:04 11:06 11:11 11:20 11:26 11:28 11:33 11:37
11 am 11:04 11:25 11:34 11:36 11:41 11:50 11:56 11:58 12:03 12:07
- - 11:55 12:04 12:06 12:11 12:20 12:26 12:28 12:33 12:37
noon 12:04 12:25 12:34 12:36 12:41 12:50 12:56 12:58 1:03 1:07
- - 12:55 1:04 1:06 1:11 1:20 1:26 1:28 1:33 1:37
1 pm 1:04 1:25 1:34 1:36 1:41 1:50 1:56 1:58 2:03 2:07
- - 1:55 2:04 2:06 2:11 2:20 2:26 2:28 2:33 2:37
2 pm 2:04 2:25 2:34 2:36 2:41 2:50 2:56 2:58 3:03 3:07
- - 2:55 3:04 3:06 3:11 3:20 3:26 3:28 3:33 3:37
- - 3:55 4:04 4:06 4:11 4:20 4:26 4:28 4:33 4:37

Eastbound

Quail Springs Picnic Area Hemingway Hidden Valley Barker Dam Cap Rock Ryan Campground Hall of Horrors Ryan Mountain Jumbo Rocks Oasis Visitor Center Transit Center
9:18 9:22 9:25 9:32 9:40 9:42 9:44 9:46 9:55 - -
10:18 10:22 10:25 10:32 10:40 10:42 10:44 10:46 10:55 - -
10:48 10:52 10:55 11:02 11:10 11:12 11:14 11:16 11:25 11:46 11:50
11:18 11:22 11:25 11:32 11:40 11:42 11:44 11:46 11:55 - -
11:48 11:52 11:55 12:02 12:10 12:12 12:14 12:16 12:25 12:46 12:50
12:18 12:22 12:25 12:32 12:40 12:42 12:44 12:46 12:55 - -
12:48 12:52 12:55 1:02 1:10 1:12 1:14 1:16 1:25 1:46 1:50
1:18 1:22 1:25 1:32 1:40 1:42 1:44 1:46 1:55 - -
1:48 1:52 1:55 2:02 2:10 2:12 2:14 2:16 2:25 2:46 2:50
2:18 2:22 2:25 2:32 2:40 2:42 2:44 2:46 2:55 - -
2:48 2:52 2:55 3:02 3:10 3:12 3:14 3:16 3:25 3:46 3:50
3:18 3:22 3:25 3:32 3:40 3:42 3:44 3:46 3:55 - -
3:48 3:52 3:55 4:02 4:10 4:12 4:14 4:16 4:25 4:46 4:50
4:48 4:52 4:55 5:02 5:10 5:12 5:14 5:16 5:25 5:46 5:50
 

March–April

Daily
The following times are approximate. Buses may be delayed by traffic.

Westbound

Transit Center Oasis Visitor Center Jumbo Rocks Ryan Mountain Hall of Horrors Cap Rock Barker Dam Intersection Rock Hidden Valley Hemingway Quail Springs Picnic Area
8 am 8:04 8:25 8:34 8:36 8:41 8:50 8:56 8:58 9:03 9:07
9 am 9:04 9:25 9:34 9:36 9:41 9:50 9:56 9:58 10:03 10:07
- - 9:55 10:04 10:06 10:11 10:20 10:26 10:28 10:33 10:37
10 am 10:04 10:25 10:34 10:36 10:41 10:50 10:56 10:58 11:03 11:07
- - 10:55 11:04 11:06 11:11 11:20 11:26 11:28 11:33 11:37
11 am 11:04 11:25 11:34 11:36 11:41 11:50 11:56 11:58 12:03 12:07
- - 11:55 12:04 12:06 12:11 12:20 12:26 12:28 12:33 12:37
noon 12:04 12:25 12:34 12:36 12:41 12:50 12:56 12:58 1:03 1:07
- - 12:55 1:04 1:06 1:11 1:20 1:26 1:28 1:33 1:37
1 pm 1:04 1:25 1:34 1:36 1:41 1:50 1:56 1:58 2:03 2:07
- - 1:55 2:04 2:06 2:11 2:20 2:26 2:28 2:33 2:37
2 pm 2:04 2:25 2:34 2:36 2:41 2:50 2:56 2:58 3:03 3:07
- - 2:55 3:04 3:06 3:11 3:20 3:26 3:28 3:33 3:37
3 pm 3:04 3:25 3:34 3:36 3:41 3:50 3:56 3:58 4:03 4:07
- - 3:55 4:04 4:06 4:11 4:20 4:26 4:28 4:33 4:37
4 pm 4:04 4:25 4:34 4:36 4:41 4:50 4:56 4:58 5:03 5:07
- - 4:55 5:04 5:06 5:11 5:20 5:26 5:28 5:33 5:37
5 pm 5:04 5:25 5:34 5:36 5:41 5:50 5:56 5:58 6:03 6:07
- - 5:55 6:04 6:06 6:11 6:20 6:26 6:28 6:33 6:37
- - 6:55 7:04 7:06 7:11 7:20 7:26 7:28 7:33 7:37

Eastbound

Quail Springs Picnic Area Hemingway Hidden Valley Barker Dam Cap Rock Ryan Campground Hall of Horrors Ryan Mountain Jumbo Rocks Oasis Visitor Center Transit Center
9:18 9:22 9:25 9:32 9:40 9:42 9:44 9:46 9:55 - -
10:18 10:22 10:25 10:32 10:40 10:42 10:44 10:46 10:55 - -
10:48 10:52 10:55 11:02 11:10 11:12 11:14 11:16 11:25 11:46 11:50
11:18 11:22 11:25 11:32 11:40 11:42 11:44 11:46 11:55 - -
11:48 11:52 11:55 12:02 12:10 12:12 12:14 12:16 12:25 12:46 12:50
12:18 12:22 12:25 12:32 12:40 12:42 12:44 12:46 12:55 - -
12:48 12:52 12:55 1:02 1:10 1:12 1:14 1:16 1:25 1:46 1:50
1:18 1:22 1:25 1:32 1:40 1:42 1:44 1:46 1:55 - -
1:48 1:52 1:55 2:02 2:10 2:12 2:14 2:16 2:25 2:46 2:50
2:18 2:22 2:25 2:32 2:40 2:42 2:44 2:46 2:55 - -
2:48 2:52 2:55 3:02 3:10 3:12 3:14 3:16 3:25 3:46 3:50
3:18 3:22 3:25 3:32 3:40 3:42 3:44 3:46 3:55 - -
3:48 3:52 3:55 4:02 4:10 4:12 4:14 4:16 4:25 4:46 4:50
4:18 4:22 4:25 4:32 4:40 4:42 4:44 4:46 4:55 - -
4:48 4:52 4:55 5:02 5:10 5:12 5:14 5:16 5:25 5:46 5:50
5:18 5:22 5:25 5:32 5:40 5:42 5:44 5:46 5:55 - -
5:48 5:52 5:55 6:02 6:10 6:12 6:14 6:16 6:25 6:46 6:50
6:18 6:22 6:25 6:32 6:40 6:42 6:44 6:46 6:55 - -
6:48 6:52 6:55 7:02 7:10 7:12 7:14 7:16 7:25 7:46 7:50
7:48 7:52 7:55 8:02 8:10 8:12 8:14 8:16 8:25 8:46 8:50
 

What to bring

  • Water
    There is no water available in the park. Bring at least one gallon per person, per day, especially if you will be hiking or climbing in the park.
  • Sunscreen and protective clothing
    There is little to no shade in most places. Protect your skin from the elements and your body from dehydration. Sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt and pants, and a wide-brimmed hat are a must in the desert.
  • Food
    There is no food available in the park. Bring salty snacks and food for an entire day.
  • Layers
    Temperatures change drastically in the park over the course of a day. Bring layers of clothing for the chilly mornings and late evenings.
  • Camera
    Boulders, Joshua trees, cactus, and more!
  • Map
    You won't have cell service in the park, so be sure to pick up a free map and newspaper at a park visitor center before boarding the bus.
 

What to know before you go

  • Cell service
    There is no cell service available in the park.
  • Services
    There are no food or grocery services in the park.
  • Staying overnight
    During the spring season, campgrounds are full nearly every night. Plan ahead and make reservations.
  • Bus routes
    Confirm your route with the bus driver.
  • Bus stops
    Buses will only drop-off and pick-up at designated stops.
  • Accessibility
    All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.
  • Pets
    Pets in crates are allowed on shuttle buses if they fit on the rider's lap. They are not permitted on the floor or in the aisle. Learn more about having your pet in the park.
  • Bicycles
    Each bus can carry two bicycles.

Last updated: August 22, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Phone:

(760) 367-5500

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